Carn Dearg from Dalwhinnie – Winter Walking in April!

17 05 2012

Sun 15 April 2012

Last time I was down Loch Ericht was in 2004 on one of my first Munroing and first-ever bothying trip. I’d answered an advert in the Open University magazine asking for companions for a Munro-bagging trip around Loch Ericht staying in bothies. As I’d just started Munro-bagging in earnest and had never tried bothying, I contacted the guy – Mark – now a good friend of mine.

We arranged to do the trip in August – the dates turned out to be perfect for my birthday-avoidance week (I won’t even acknowledge my birthdays, never mind celebrate them!) We managed two nights in Culra Bothy either side of a great day on Ben Alder and Ben Bheoil before the weather completely cracked up and we had to backpack our way the 9 long miles back out again to Dalwhinnie in torrential rain.

This April, I was back there once again – this time alone apart from my trusty little fold-up bike. The weather had once again completely cracked up giving me the most winter walking I’ve had all year… except it’s now Spring – or at least it is in England. Read the rest of this entry »